The Sandwich: A Digestive Disaster
Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 8:28AM
Mike Dillman in Raw diet tips, bread, combining, diet, digestion, food, gluten, health, nutrition, raw, sandwich, vegan, wellness

 

The sandwich 

A mainstay of the western diet, the sandwich is popular for its convenience, its versatililty, and its portability.  In a world where everyone is in a hurry and on the go, these attributes often seem to be all that matters.  Notice, however,  that all of these qualities fail to deliver on food's most important role – our nutrition.  Somewhere along the line, that seems to have become a secondary concern. 

Digestive disaster

Contrary to what some may tell you, sandwiches are not very healthy.  Like much of today's western diet, sandwiches are a digestive disaster because they break all the rules of food combining.  Virtually every sandwich is a three-way combination of large amounts of heavy carbohydrates, fat and protein (ex. bread, cheese, meat).  Our bodies can't properly digest large quantities these different macronutrients at the same time.  Instead of a well-digested meal, what we get instead is indigestion, discomfort, and poor nutrient absorption. 

Better choices

The key to good digestion is to keep meals simple and in alignment.  For starters, get rid of the bread.  It's really only serving as a vehicle anyway, and offers you very little apart from empty calories.  Our meals should be primarily fruit-based (smoothies / fresh fruit) or greens-based (salads / green smoothies).  Neither of these are improved by slapping them between layers of refined grain products.  Do your health a favor and part ways with the sandwich.  Believe me, you can do much better.

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Mike Dillman has lived a raw-vegan diet since 2004. Because he's experienced the learning curve firsthand, he wants to save you from making the same mistakes yourself. You can visit Mike's blog at Real-World-Raw.com to learn how easy it can be to make a raw-vegan diet fit your busy lifestyle. You can also download his free eBook, "The 7 Biggest Raw Mistakes", where Mike lays out the major missteps beginning raw foodists make that undermine their success and tells you how you can avoid them. To get your free eBook click here.

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